Thursday July 5th, 2012

Stage 5Rouen / Saint-Quentin

Start 12h45 GMT 2+

Tension until the very end but Greipel gets a second win

These stages are meant to run to a script: an escape goes early, they gain a big advantage and then the peloton slowly reels them in and there's a sprint at the end. That's roughly what happened on the flat race from Rouen to St-Quentin but someone forgot to tell Jan Ghyselinck of Cofidis and Pablo Urtasun of Euskadi-Euskaltel; this pair were part of the attack that went clear in the first kilometer. And they were only caught in the final 500 meters! There was another crash in the final 3km and the main victim this time was Tyler Farrar, a former stage winner who landed with a thud and...

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The stage in videos

video05/07/2012 

Summary of the race

  • Summary of the race
  • Interview - Stage Winner
  • Image of the day
  • Landscape of the day
  • Analysis of the stage
  • The day's route
  • Magazine
  • Jean-François Pescheux's analysis of the...
  • The towns 2012 : visit Saint-Quentin
  • The towns 2012 : visit Rouen
  • Visit Haute-Normandie
  • Through the geologist eyes
  • visit the Seine Maritime

The stage in pictures

photo05/07/2012 

 

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Tourist attractions

Rouen

Nicknamed by Stendhal '' the gothic Athens'' and by Victor Hugo ''the town of a hundred steeples” the capital of Normandy, crossed by the Seine, can boast a rich heritage that has no less than two hundred and thirty six buildings, including more than fifty historic monuments. Lovers of architecture and old buildings will be knocked out and will particularly admire the Great Clock, astronomical clock whose mechanism dates from the fourteenth century, The Notre Dame Cathedral, the courthouse, the Aître St. Maclou, former ossuary, or even the Old Market Square surrounded by its half-timbered houses.  Labelled Town and Country of Art and History a cradle of the nineteenth century Impressionism, Rouen Vallée de Seine can also respond to your desires for discovery and escape to offer you a quality stay. There are many activities on offer including rambling or cycling along the banks of the Seine. Rouen and its region will seduce you with their charm and lifestyle, but also by their sense of hospitality, to which the local residents bear proof.

Half-timbered houses rue Eau de Robec - @ A.Bertereau
19 previous stages
Pop: 112,000
Prefecture of Seine-Maritime (76)Economy : port, meat market, insurance companies, civil services. Specialties : ducklings a la Rouennaise, apples, cider, pommeau (apple drink), biscuits (Joan of Arc tears, Old Market cobble).
Nickname : the town of the 100 church towers.
Celebrities : Rollon, Joan of Arc, Corneille, Gustave Flaubert, Guy de Maupassant, Jean Lecanuet (politician), Francois Hollande (politician).
Festivals : Joan of Arc festival, Nordic cinema film festival, Regards sur le cinema du monde film festival, Impressionist Normandy festival, Armada (giant yachts). 

Saint-Quentin

The flamboyant gothic City Hall, its basilica (thirteenth-fifteenth centuries) and its Art Deco facades are the most eloquent testimony to its rich historical heritage.  But today, Saint-Quentin is a forward looking city which occupies a leading position in information technology and communication.It was the first local authority to have a Web TV available on Smartphone or tablet, and it prepares and trains project leaders in the field of cloud computing and virtual computing.  San Quentin is also a modern city right in the heart of nature with the Marais d’Isle, a unique example in Europe of a nature reserve in the heart of a built up area, and with the Champs Élysées, a thirteen hectare parkland in the middle of the city. Among its sports facilities, most notable is Saint-Quentin’s urban leisure centre, the BUL, where there is an ice rink, a swimming area, a bowling alley and a fitness suite.  Elected in 2011 by l’Equipe the sportiest town in France, Saint-Quentin was also awarded the prix Sport and Handicap.

Flashmob on Place de l'Hotel de Ville for the sportiest town - © Vincent Remy - Town of Saint-Quentin Parc des Champs-Elysées. - © Vincent Remy - Town of Saint-Quentin
Two previous stages
Pop: 61,000
Sub-prefecture of Aisne (02)Economy : metallurgy, sugar, motorcycles, chemicals, food industry, textile.
Specialties : dauphin (cheese), folie douce (aperitif drink).
Celebrities :   Maurice Quentin de la Tour, Nadine de Rothschild, Xavier Bertrand (politician), Jerome Thomas (boxer), Jose Catieau, Francis Moreau (cyclists).
Festivals :  fêtes du bouffon, Town Hall beach. 

Jersey wearers after the stage 5

Classifications after the stage 5

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